Monday, January 11, 2010

Char Siu @ Toast & Roast, SS2, Petaling Jaya


goodness gracious me - melt in the mouth char siu

When it comes to char siu and what's good, it is all up to the individual's taste - some may prefer it less fatty, with a sweeter crust, more bite to the meat and the list of characteristics is endless. Even the cut of the meat is important - my mother has been raving about this excellent char siu she had in Singapore that uses the premium pork neck part. (If anyone knows where in KL they do char siu from that part, pls tell me!) Hence, another person's char siu is honestly another person's poison.

For me, my taste always leans towards half fat with half meat, a melt-in-the-mouth texture with a sweet but not toothachingly saccharine crust. Even the crust can't be crunchy hard but still soft to the bite of the teeth. At this particular place, well tucked in the heartlands of SS2 far from the madding crowd of traffic and people, I reckon I found a pretty good contender for my perfect char siu (A small plate is RM6, price for 1kg is RM60).

hakka noodles with a twist

Other than the pretty darn good char siu, you can also sample Hakka mee (RM4.50 for a regular and RM5.50 for a large) topped with minced meat and crunchy fish skin bits that seem to add a kinda crispy oomph to the simple bowl of curly strands. Also on the cards here - dumplings, chicken and roast pork. Not sure if they're good but hopefully I get to slowly try all these. The young couple who run this small shop is efficient, moving quickly to settle orders from office workers and oldies from the neighbourhood. Best of all, for those who're "bananas - aka can only speak English", the lady is Thai and speaks pitch perfect English.
No. 20, Jalan SS2/72
Petaling Jaya
Selangor

Tel:016-682 2249

(Non Halal. Open from 8.30 to 4.30 pm, char siu available from 10.30 am onwards. Closed every alternate Tuesdays. Restaurant is located at the same road as New Paris Restaurant, 5 Stones and Amaya condominiums but at the far end, nearer towards Ken Damansara where access has been blocked. A mamak shop and office area is found on the same block of shophouses.)

*Disclaimer: The opinions expressed here is entirely based on my personal tastebuds and may vary for others. This review is time sensitive; changes may occur to the place later on that can affect this opinion. The reviewer also declares that she has not received any monetary or non-monetary compensation from this place for writing the review.

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17 comments:

Frat said...

Rounding up the Integricity troops... we so hafta try this!

Thanks for writing it up...

J2Kfm said...

Sounds good enough, albeit a really, small serving at RM6.
I like half fat-half lean as well, but given a choice, I'd take a fatter cut anyday.
And preferably those 'corner cuts', with crisp, burnt edges for extra flavour.

katztales said...

I love char siu but it is soooo fattening! Trying to be very good and forget I read this. :-)

CUMI & CIKI said...

pork neck part..? fwar.. taking things up a notch oredi lor LOL.. will keep ears(and neck) peeled!

Anyway, for banana's eh - yay! i can go!

Chaokar said...

OH my,
I've drove pass this place couple of times.

Love how the sides of the charsiew got this caramelized glow.

minchow said...

I've decided that Hakka Mee is my 2010's Wantan mee! It's so utterly deceiving, looks so tame but packs a ton! I'll be sure to mosey on over here!

thenomadGourmand said...

hhmm.. i need some Toast & Roast!

thule a.k.a leo said...

Toast & Roast it is this weekend :) hopefully I can still make it when I come back to Malaysia on Sunday!

eiling lim said...

Yeah my restaurantier friends always ask me to eat the neck part of the pork. According to them it's ze best wor...

foodbin said...

try not to eat the neck part as that is where they inject the pig.

The Hungry Caterpillar said...

Rushed there for brunch today. The char siu was ok, but we didn't like the sui kow - there was an overwhelming taste of Chinese wine (I think, but I am not sure). I wish there was more lard in the Hakka mee though.
I like that the restaurant is clean, and parking is easy.

The Hungry Caterpillar said...

Rushed there for brunch today. The char siu was ok, but we didn't like the sui kow - there was an overwhelming taste of Chinese wine (I think, but I am not sure). I wish there was more lard in the Hakka mee though.
I like that the restaurant is clean, and parking is easy.

pang said...

d hakka meen wif minced pork is good lor! i didn't order a plate of char siew, juz an add-on costs RM2.50.
Taste better than a lot of roast duck shops which sell roast meats too.

rokh said...

gosh another char siew joint! must go must go!

skinnylatte said...

Can you tell me where the char siu place in Singapore is? I lived there 24 years and never really liked any char siu there! Maybe that will change my mind :D

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